Monday, July 27, 2009

Fun at San Diego Comic Con

I really wanted to go to Comic Con this year.

I mean, REALLY.

Russell T. Davies, John Barrowman, and David Tennant (squee!) were there this year. I would have been beside myslef to be in the same room with them. And apparently, John was excited to be there as well.

I think I would have had the same reaction to kissing David, I just wouldn't have gotten back on my feet afterwards...

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sexy Guys of Sci Fi - Nathan Fillion

"We are not gonna die. You know why? Because we are so...very...pretty. We are just too pretty for God to let us die. Huh? Look at that chiseled jaw!" - Malcolm Reynolds.

It's no secret that I find funny guys sexy, so it's no wonder that Nathan Fillion is one of my top Sexy Guys of Sci-Fi.

As Captain Malcolm Reynolds (aka Captain Tightpants) on the Tv Series Firefly and film Serenity, Nathan is full of charm, snark, and action.

Firefly is an American space western television series created by writer/director Joss Whedon. The series is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system, and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship. The ensemble cast portrays the nine characters who live on Serenity.

The show explores the lives of people who fought on the losing side of a civil war who now make a living on the outskirts of the society, as part of the pioneer culture that exists on the fringes of their star system. In addition, it is a future where the only two surviving superpowers, the United States and China, fused to form the central federal government, called the Alliance, resulting in the fusion of the two cultures as well. According to Whedon's vision, "nothing will change in the future: technology will advance, but we will still have the same political, moral, and ethical problems as today."

As Captain Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds, Nathan Fillion is the owner of Serenity and former Independent sergeant in the pivotal Battle of Serenity Valley. Very little is known about the enigmatic Captain; the small bits of information he reveals about his past life betrays nothing of his character (a mystery of its own). Malcolm reveals that he grew up on a ranch, and was raised by his mother and the ranch hands. The only other scenes of his past life that are shown are about the Unification War, in which he and his crewmate Zoe fought for the Independent Army, or "Browncoats", as a platoon sergeant in the 57th Overlanders. He is an efficient leader and is skilled with guns as well as in hand-to-hand combat. Mal's character is full of contradictions. He is constantly fighting his demons, and his true self remains something of a mystery.

Though the core of the show deals with war, survival, past demons, death, etc, it always remained infused with the amazing humor that permeates Joss Whedon's writing, made even better by the smartass way Nathan can deliver the dialogue. Because in Mal's own words, "Why yes, he is made of awesome!"

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sexy Guys of Sci/Fi - Colin Ferguson

The television show Eureka takes place in a high tech community of the same name, located somewhere in the Pacific Northwest (the true location is a secret, of course) and inhabited entirely by brilliant scientists working on new scientific advancements for the United States government. As would be expected, these projects quite frequently go disastrously awry, endangering lives, the town, and even sometimes the fabric of reality itself.

U.S. Marshal Jack Carter stumbles upon Eureka while transporting a fugitive prisoner — his own rebellious teenage daughter Zoe — back to her mother's home in Los Angeles. When a faulty experiment cripples the sheriff of Eureka, Carter finds himself quickly chosen to fill the vacancy. Despite not being a genius like most members of the town, Jack Carter's ability to connect to others, simplistic ideas, and steadfast dedication to his work repeatedly saves Eureka, and indeed the entire world, from one would-be disaster after another.

Colin Ferguson plays the role of Sheriff Jack Carter. He's the average joe smack dab in the middle of a town of geniuses, and is consistently overwhelmed by the wonders he sees every day in the town he has been charged to protect.

In this town where children learn (and understand) physics in grade school, men argue about the relevance of time travel instead of football teams, and surprises lurk around every corner waiting to cause havoc - Jack Carter keeps a level head and often his simpler thinking is what ends up saving the day.

He's also a single dad, and loves his daughter more than anything in the world. In fact, she is the main reason he decides to stay in Eureka, so that he can provide her with the greatest opportunities the world has to offer. He's risked his life more than once to protect her. What's sexier than a man willing to do that for his family?

Plus, there's just something sexy about a well-built man in a uniform...

Well, maybe when he's OUT of uniform...

Either way, Colin Ferguson is definitely one Sexy Guy of Sci/Fi!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sexy Guys of Sci/Fi - John Barrowman

Ok, Ok. I know I said I was going to do this monthly, but now I'm considering weekly. A girl has the right to change her mind, right? Besides, there's just too many sexy hunks in the sci/fi genre. Blame the media!

Today's Sexy Guy of Sci/Fi is John Barrowman, who plays Captain Jack Harkness in the BBC series Torchwood. John is mainly known for his starring roles on the West End stage, but has also served on the judges panel for shows like Any Dream Will Do and How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? He sings, he acts, he dances. He's dreamy and yummy, and lives in the UK with his partner, Scott. (damn!)

A former Time agent, we first meet Captain Jack in an episode of Doctor Who, where he runs into the Ninth Doctor and his companion, Rose Tyler. Jack is basicallly scavenging the universe for tech and selling to the highest bidder. A life he is enjoying to the max, until The Doctor and Rose show him what it means to make a difference and save lives.

Jack decides to travel with the pair and ends up facing one of The Doctor's greatest foes - The Daleks. Jack gives his life in the fight, but Rose uses the power of the Time Vortex and inadvertently brings him back to life. But something goes wrong. Because Jack finds himself not only alive again, but discovers that he comes back EVERY time he is killed. Poor Jack really tests this discovery, and has been shot, stabbed, strangled, electrocuted, buried alive - you get the picture.

He chases after The Doctor and Rose and ends up stranded in the past, forced to live his many lifetimes in the hopes of finding why he is the way he is.

Enter Torchwood, an organization established by Queen Victoria to aid in defending Great Britain against the alien threat in the universe. Public enemy number one is declared as The Doctor himself, who even though he's saved the earth more times than anyone can count, is seen as a big chunk of the problem. Jack grudgingly becomes involved in the group, mostly because it gives him access to the technology and information he thinks will help him in his own pursuits. He ends up in charge of Torchwood Cardiff, which happens to be on a time rift, therefore attracting all sorts of alien life and alien problems.

The Torchwood base is underground, filled with vaults of confiscated technology, dangerous aliens in cryo chambers, high tech computer gadgetry, and everything else needed to keep the world safe.

Jack is an excellent leader, but he does let his emotions get in the way at times. He loves his team. Some of them, a little more than others.

But that's ok, because Jack doesn't discriminate when it comes to relationships or sex. Men, women, aliens - Omnisexual Jack turns up his magnetism and uses it to his fullest, which makes him sizzle no matter who he's flirting with!

And yet, because he can't die, Jack posesses this deep rooted sadness, because he has to watch as everyone he cares about grows old and dies. And yet - Jack still throws caution to the wind and sprints into action, a wink and a smile at the ready for whatever each adventure brings his way.

John Barrowman plays Captain Jack with such heart, charisma, and boldness - I truly believe no one else could do it. That smile and those baby blues nearly do me in at times.

And so I say "All Hail Captain Jack!"

He can come to my rescue, anytime!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sexy Guys of Sci/Fi - David Tennant

I'm usually not one to theme-blog. But I noticed that alot of my fellow authors seem to have luck with a blogging hook. Plus - it keeps you blogging steadily.

And so, since I watch alot of science fiction, and am currently working on a sci fi story as well, I've decided to dedicate a monthly blog to the Sexy Guys of Sci/Fi. (any suggestions for future blogs will be greatly appreciated and considered.)

And who will be my pick for the month of July?

Why, my best and favorite sci fi star of the moment - David Tennant. (I know - big shocker, here)

David plays The Doctor in the BBC series Doctor Who. He's had the role since 2005, and skyrocketed the show back into popularity with his portrayal. A classically trained actor, David was a childhood fan of the series and jumped at the chance to become a part of TV history.

Tenth in the line of a talented group of actors to play the part, David brings warmth, hilarity, and heart to the part of The Doctor, creating a character appealing to children and adults both.

For the first time in the series, David brought sexual tension to the mix between the Doctor and his various female companions, but never lost the essence of what The Doctor is about - taking life by the horns and becoming a better person for helping others.

The Doctor fights evil because he can, not because he craves glory or recognition. And he fights with brain power and science, teaching us to think before we do something destructive. He is enthralled with humanity, yet he is ultimately alone. The last of the time lords, The Doctor spans the universe, a lonely angel that burns in eternity.

David's doctor has been the most popular to date, winning various awards for his portrayal. Unfortunately, 2009 is his last year in the part, and he will pass the torch on to another actor that will carry the Doctor Who legacy into the future.

But David will always be my Doctor.

And the hero of my debut novel, Second Chances, bears quite the resemblance to this handsome Scot, with his dark hair, brown eyes, and kissable lips.

Go figure.